When 12 year-old William Devoy’s Irish father sends him from New York to a new Dublin boarding school, St Enda’s, William imagines having an adventure. It is 1911; the next five years will bring William, and Ireland, turmoil and opportunity. While William is learning Irish, playing hurling and losing himself in the legend of Cúchulainn, the issue of Irish Home Rule grows increasingly contentious. Sick of British oppression and empowered by the reawakening of Irish national consciousness, one group decide to fight for independence. Among them is Patrick Pearse.
Committed to championing the cause of all things Gaelic, Pearse is a poet and a dreamer, an idealist and an activist. And William’s headmaster. Alongside comrades and school friends, and as soldiers of the Army of the Irish Republic, William and Pearse will march on the Dublin General Post Office and into history. Green Dawn at St Enda’s commemorates the boys of St Enda’s, their teachers and comrades at the centenary of the Easter Rising and tells the story one boy’s journey into adulthood as a nation struggles for freedom.